Tag Archives: red wine

Can I have #wine with MyPlate?

20 Jun

I’m guessing by now, you’ve all seen the USDA’s new MyPlate guide. Goodbye confusing pyramid and hello plate method. Which, by the way, isn’t new unless you’re the USDA. The new food icon comes after the January 2011 release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It’s unlikely you’ll hear that alcohol consumption fits on the new MyPlate placemat. But deep in the heart of Chapter 3 titled, Foods and Food Components to Reduce, you’ll find this statement about alcohol.

“If alcohol is consumed, it should be consumed in moderation—up to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men—and only by adults of legal drinking age.”

So the answer is YES. You can have wine, beer or a coctail with your plate. Just remember moderation is key. Cheers!

Viva Vino!

28 Jul

The French say it well…. À votre santé or “drink to your health!”  

If you are not already a wine drinker, jump on the wine wagon, sip smart, and ride on to a healthier heart! According to Harvard researchers (among others), wine consumed in moderation may lower one’s overall risk for heart disease. This fermented delight also has minimal calories for mega health perks. The good stuff in wine is resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that keeps our tickers happy.

With so many different grapes in the world, there are multitudes of wine options that have evolved. If you prefer sweeter drinks, consider choosing a sweeter white wine like a Riesling. At five ounces, you’ll serve yourself 120 calories. Pair your Riesling with tuna sashimi or any sushi roll, and your taste buds and heart thank you. Red wine packs more of an antioxidant punch compared to white wines.  Try one of the most versatile reds out there from a red wine grape called Pinot Noir (Jill’s fav) or a Petite Syrah (Leslie’s fav). This heart-healthy beverage provides 120 calories per five ounces. You’ll have your taste buds dancing if you serve these lovely reds with grilled chicken and pesto pasta.

Feel anxious or timid when trying to purchase wine? Ask the store’s employees for assistance. They can direct you to a great bottle within your price range. Stay tuned for further blog posts about wine. There’s just too much to mention all in one day! Happy sipping!